Tag: Housing

Robert Hansen, 1959-2010

May 10th, 2010

Many of us knew Robert Hansen, but many people still don’t know that he passed away at the end of last month.  Robert was one of the most recognized and most-welcome of Real Change vendors around town.  He could be seen either Downtown here near City Hall, usually on the Forth and Cherry corner of […]

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Parking requirements, rail and market forces

March 3rd, 2010

I was reading through my stockpile of Daily Journals of Commerce yesterday (similar, yet different from the stack of New Yorkers at home) and came across a good article on how city regulations, transit-oriented development, and market forces are shaping new development around the Othello station in Southeast Seattle. The building, now under construction and […]

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One Night Count

January 29th, 2010

More than 970 volunteers strode streets, scaled hillsides and shone flashlights into dark spaces this morning as part of the annual One Night Count of homeless people in King County. The project counts the number of homeless in the county including those in shelters, but this morning the search was for “unsheltered” people sleeping on […]

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Incentive zoning

December 19th, 2008

With last Monday’s 6-3 vote to spread “incentive zoning” beyond the downtown area we wrapped up a year of work and came to the end of a long ride. The program, which allows the city to trade new development area (usually height) for a little bit of moderately affordable housing, asks way too little in […]

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No rest for the wicked

November 19th, 2008

Or maybe we’re just the weary. I have to admit that yesterday’s Veteran’s Day holiday was much appreciated. Between the budget, the Dravus rezone and ongoing work on the Workforce Housing Incentive Program, I’ve savored unprogrammed time. Not only is my house vacuumed, but we also saw a movie in a real movie theater. “W” […]

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Housing Levy 2007 accomplishments

March 7th, 2008

I love the Housing Levy. I love that Seattle voters are wise and invest in low-income housing through the levy. I love that the levy produces what it promises. We just received the report on the levy’s accomplishments in 2007 and for its first five years (through 2007). It’s a seven-year levy. We’ll likely be […]

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Condo check-in

November 7th, 2007

Perhaps you’re interested in how condominium conversions are measuring up this year compared to last. Conversion requests are tracked by the City’s department of Planning & Development as owner/developers come in for permits. In 2004 we saw 430 apartment units convert to condominiums. In 2005 that number jumped to 1,551. Last year the number jumped […]

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Up, up and away

September 11th, 2007

The Seattle Times reported this morning that the median home price in Seattle climbed 10 percent from last year and has now topped $500,000. Holy cow! Maybe that’s not the most erudite response from a person who is supposed to be coming up with policies to deal with the impact of climbing home prices, but […]

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Good news and bad news from the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness update

September 10th, 2007

Last Friday we (the lucky councilmembers on the Council’s Housing, Human Services & Health Committee) received a briefing from Bill Block, the executive director of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, on how we’re doing after two years of working to end homelessness. Not surprisingly, we need to pick up the pace a little if […]

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